Highest Ranked BCS College Football Teams with the Worst Recruiting Classes

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IOctober 22, 2013

Highest Ranked BCS College Football Teams with the Worst Recruiting Classes

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    The initial BCS Standings have been released, which means college football's main source of controversy is front and center. Alabama leads the way, followed by Florida State and Oregon.

    The standings can help a program's recruiting efforts, but not for all. After looking at the poll, several programs do not have highly-ranked recruiting classes. Things may be going well on the field this season, but their place in the BCS Standings does not reflect how they've done so far on the recruiting trail.

    A pair of Pac-12 programs have the Rose Bowl in their sights, but will not sign impressive classes. A team coming off a great upset victory is not collecting elite talent, and a few other programs in the BCS have been huge recruiting disappointments.



Oregon State

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    BCS Standing: 25th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 62nd

    The Beavers are 6-1 this season, as they are 4-0 in the Pac-12. Head coach Mike Riley is one of the better coaches in the country and has never really been an elite recruiter in Corvallis.

    More of the same is going on this year, as Riley has one of the worst classes in the Pac-12. He has 16 commitments, and 14 are 3-star prospects. The Beavers may find themselves in an elite bowl game at the end of this season, but they will not be celebrating too much in February. 



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    BCS Standing: 24th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 46nd

    Big Red checks in at No. 24 in the BCS Standings, due to its 5-1 record. Aside from a meltdown at home versus UCLA, Nebraska has been mostly solid this season.

    That cannot be said on the recruiting trail, as the Cornhuskers have only 13 commitments, and not one is a 4-star recruit. The staff is trusting their evaluations of players, but the recruiting rankings do not agree.


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    BCS Standing: 23rd

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 74th

    Although the Knights are coming off a great upset win over Louisville last week, they should use the momentum they've gained to improve their recruiting class.

    Only nine of Central Florida's 13 pledges are even 3-star prospects. The team has a 5-1 record this season, is poised to make a run in the AAC and is on the BCS radar. However, the recruiting trail has not been kind to the Knights this year. 

Northern Illinois

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    BCS Standing: 18th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 77th

    The Huskies are 7-0 this year and are the dominant program in the MAC. They run the ball at will, evidenced by averaging 304.7 rushing yards per-game, according to ESPN

    NIU has never been a recruiting juggernaut, and it is not doing anything to change that based on its 2014 recruiting class.

    The Huskies have 19 commitments, and only six are even considered 3-star prospects. They may crash the BCS party again this year, but they likely will not be making much recruiting noise. 

Fresno State

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    BCS Standing: 17th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 113th

    Perhaps no team belongs on this list more than Fresno State. Head coach Tim DeRuyter has developed into a fantastic leader in central California, and quarterback Derek Carr is one of the best in the country.

    However, the Bulldogs have not been able to use their 6-0 record to entice Golden State recruits to pledge to their program. They just have four commitments, and only two are 3-star prospects. 

    Fresno State is on pace to bring in one of the worst recruiting classes in the nation. 


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    BCS Standing: 12th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 50th

    The Bruins dropped their first game of the season last week, as Stanford proved to be a tough opponent to overcome. However, they have a 5-1 record, still have several big games left on their schedule and could play in an elite bowl game.

    Yet, UCLA is one of the biggest disappointments in 2014 recruiting. The Bruins are only ranked 50th in the country, and only three of their 10 commitments are 4-star recruits. 

    Head coach Jim Mora's team may be licking its wounds suffered from the Cardinal, but the recruiting trail has been the real bully. 

Texas Tech

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    BCS Standing: 10th

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 35th

    Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has instilled a swagger into the Texas Tech program. The Red Raiders are 7-0, and average an impressive 416.4 yards passing per game, according to ESPN

    Although a No. 35 recruiting ranking is not bad, Texas Tech's 21 commitments are all 3-star prospects. Kingsbury has failed to lure a high-end recruit to Lubbock, which may be easier now that his team is 10th in the BCS Standings.


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    BCS Standing: 3rd

    Recruiting class ranking by 247Sports: 40th

    If the Ducks want to argue they are the best team in the country, not many would oppose them. Oregon has an electric offense, an underrated defense and it's nearly impossible to beat them in Autzen Stadium.

    With their 7-0 record, the Ducks are thinking national championship in Eugene. Yet, they are not going to win any awards during the 2014 recruiting cycle.

    Oregon has a small class of only 10 commitments, and may not sign a top-25 recruiting class. The Ducks have an excellent chance for a national title, but their stellar play has not been an asset in recruiting.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.